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School girls read in a small group in a primary school in Zambia.
© Dan Petrescu/GPE
With an estimated population of 13.9 million, Zambia has experienced more than a decade of strong economic growth and was recently reclassified as a lower middle-income economy. Zambia ranks 163rd out of 186 countries in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index. The annual economic growth averaged about 6% over the past decade.
Zambia joined GPE in 2008 based on its 2008-2010 Education Sector Plan. The country faces many challenges due to high incidence of HIV/AIDS among teachers and students and the poorly equipped community schools. Zambia's test scores in reading and math in the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Measuring Educational Quality are low.
Zambia is currently implementing its 2011-2015 Education Sector Plan which seeks to expand early childhood education, re-introduce free basic education, promote equitable access, enhance human capital for economic development, and upgrade teacher qualifications to meet minimum standards.
GPE principles help Zambia and its education partners better coordinate their efforts to achieve results. The Government leads the Local Education Group formed with the education partners. Civil society organizations are represented through the Zambia National Education Consortium.
In 2009, Zambia received a $60 million grant from GPE. The Netherlands was the Supervising Entity and used a sector pooled fund for the grant. Irish Aid, Denmark and USAID also contributed to the pooled fund.
Since 2008, Zambia has increased its enrollment rate in primary education and has reached a gender parity index of 0.97 in Grade 1 (2009). The primary completion rate has risen sharply to reach 91.7% in 2009. The government recognized primary community schools and has supported them financially since 2011. The youth literacy rate decreased by one point from 75% to 74% from 2009 to 2010. In Zambia, 64.2% of children who finish primary school enroll in secondary school.
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AT A GLANCE
Local Education Group
Local Education Group
A Local Education Group (LEG) is a forum of stakeholders within the education sector who develop, implement, monitor and evaluate education sector plans. All member countries of the Global Partnership have a LEG. They are led by the national government, and are composed of education development partners such as donors and development agencies, teachers' organizations, civil society organizations, and private education providers. Nonetheless, the specific composition, title, and working arrangements of a LEG vary from country to country.